Born in Ogbomosho on March 19th, 1941, Mrs. Comfort Adeola Ogundepo was the daughter of late Sir chief P.O Ogunnniyi JP and late chief Mrs. Beatrice Oyenibi Ogunniyi. Both parents are from Awe in Oyo state.
Mrs Comfort Adeola Ogundepo passed away peacefully in her sleep at age 77 years on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019. Mrs. Comfort Adeola Ogundepo began her education at Okelerin Baptist Day School in 1947. This was followed by Idi Aba Baptist Girls School, Abeokuta from 1951 – 1956. She then returned to Ogbomosho and went to a teacher training college. Upon completion at Teacher training college, she started her teaching career as a teacher at Apake Day school, Ogbomosho. While teaching, she was engaged in trading activities, which earned her more income than the meager teacher’s salary at the time.
She met he husband Mr. Joseph Ogungbenle Ogundepo from ilaji oke area of Okeho, Oke Ogun Oyo state. The young Mr. Ogundepo had established a flourishing photography studio in Ogbomosho known as “Depo Photo Studio “. Both Comfort and Joseph began a courtship, which ended in marriage in 1963. The marriage has been blessed with children.
Mrs. Comfort Adeola Ogundepo immigrated with her husband to New York, the United States in 1965 to further her education. Soon after, she gained admission into the New York Institute of Dietetics and earned a Diploma. Thereafter, the Jewish Home and hospital-employed her as a dietician. She worked for the Jewish Home and hospital up until her return to Nigeria in 1972.
Upon her return to Nigeria, Mrs. Comfort Adeola Ogundepo and her husband Mr. Joseph ogungbenle Ogundepo established the first indigenous color photo laboratory in Nigeria known back then as “Supreme color Laboratory”. The company was popular in Lagos and throughout Nigeria among photographers, politicians, and government administrators. Supreme Color Laboratory provided many photography services and color separation work for private industry and entertainment companies.
Mrs. Comfort Adeola Ogundepo also established the “Ogunmaso Enterprises” that did government contracts and supply work. A devout Christian and a staunch member of women-friendly society at Union Baptist church, Iga Iduganran, Lagos. Mrs. Ogundepo credited the church and especially the women-friendly society for their unwavering support during turbulent times.
Mrs. Comfort Adeola Ogundepo’s life was not without challenges especially her troubled marriage to Mr. Ogundepo and the sudden death of her son Mr. Alabede Ogundepo. However, with family support and the support of women-friendly society at her church, she was able to overcome these challenges.
Mrs Comfort Adeola Ogundepo was also known as Iya ibeji or Mama Alabede. She was a loving mother and homemaker, a remarkable cook that enjoys preparing a meal for her family and friends. Those that had the opportunity to know her are blessed. She was warm, strong, hospitable and charitable. She was also an advocate for higher education, always encouraging individuals to go back to school and enhance their chosen careers. Her hobbies include reading, sewing cooking, dancing and telling Yoruba folk stories.